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Preview: Game 3 vs. San Jose

by Chris Pinkert / Notes by Brett Barczewski

GAME 3 VS. SAN JOSE

When: Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m.
Watch: NBCSN, NBC Sports App
Listen: Y98 FM, NHL App
Tickets: Enterprise Center Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

Best-of-seven series tied, 1-1

 

Scoring from the defense.

That's what the St. Louis Blues have got all season, and that continued on Monday night in San Jose.

Robert Bortuzzo led the way with his first career playoff goal - a beautiful backhand shot that would stand as the game-winner - 16:34 into the second period.

Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Alex Pietrangelo and Bortuzzo combined for five points (two goals, three assists) in the game, and Blues defensemen have combined for 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in the playoffs, which is tied with the Sharks for first among playoff teams.

"We want our D to be active, and they've produced for us all year and they're producing for us now in the playoffs, too," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said.

Jaden Schwartz and Oskar Sundqvist added goals for the Blues, who will look to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series on Wednesday night at Enterprise Center.

Video: Pang, Vitale preview Game 3 vs. San Jose

 

THEY SAID IT

Brayden Schenn
On Blues bouncing back in Game 2
"We're a group that sticks together, don't get too down on each other."

Tomas Hertl
Sharks forward on San Jose losing Game 2
"Every series we get a great first game and the second kind of a little bit struggling. It's still fine, but we have to be better, we can't play like that."

 

BLUE NOTES

Jaden Schwartz scored his ninth goal of the postseason in Game 2, which ranks second in the League behind San Jose's Logan Couture. Schwartz is the fifth player in Blues history to score nine goals in a single postseason and is just four shy of Brett Hull's 13 goals in 1990 for the most in franchise history... Jordan Binnington's nine playoff wins have tied the Blues record for the most wins by a Blues goalie in a single postseason (Brian Elliott and Roman Turek, 9). The Game 2 win was his sixth on the road, which is a franchise record... Ryan O'Reilly has points in seven straight road games (three goals, five assists), which is the longest road playoff point streak in franchise history... Alex Pietrangelo has 12 points in the playoffs, which is tied for the most points for a defenseman in team history... The Blues have outscored opponents 13-3 on the road in the playoffs this season.

Video: Hear from Vince Dunn before Game 3

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